JohnS Posted May 19, 2016 Share Posted May 19, 2016 (edited) Here’s my representation of VF-74’s F-14B, BU No. 162919, Modex 101 prior to VF-74’s disestablishment ceremony in April, 1994. I started with the Hasegawa 1:48 F-14A Tomcat – ‘VF-14 Tophatters CAG’ model kit. As the build continued, the following aftermarket parts were added; Aires F-14B Cockpit Aires Wheel Bays Wolfpack F-14B/D Tomcat OIF Update set Wheelliant F-14B/D Weighted Wheels Hobby Decal Alpha Probe Steel Beach GE F110 Covered Nozzles CrossDelta Anti-Skid Walkways & Formation Lights Eduard Paint Masks Revell Cockpit Canopy Hasegawa Sidewinder Missile & TACTS Pod Wheelliant Navy Wheel Chocks Fightertown VF-74 Be-Devilers Devils Advocate Decals Hasegawa USN Pilots Eduard Remove Before Flight Additional Scratch Building Projects included the Chin Pod Camera, Yaw String, Canopy Guides, Canopy modification to clear Guides, Landing Gear Strut hydraulic tubing, miscellaneous Vent Louvers, ECS Exhaust Louvers & Plumbing, Air Bypass Ducts, Weapons Pallets, Air Conditioning Fans, Fuel Tank Pylons, Missile Rail Adapters, and the Arrestor Hook Mechanism. It has just received a new coat of camo paint on the top & sides prior to the squadron’s decommissioning ceremony. The squadron received a concession to full color markings on 101 (the CO’s jet) as a farewell gesture to VF-74 prior to its disestablishment. The underside of the actual aircraft was not repainted for the ceremony, except for anti-corrosion spot painting. The underside of the plane remained very dirty after a cruise on USS Saratoga in 1992. The ship was an oil burner causing the squadron’s aircraft to get very dirty. I’ve configured the model as an adversary aircraft. Most of VF-74’s F-14 adversary/aggressor Tomcats had their weapons rails, drop tanks, MXU-611 fuel tank racks, and Sparrow missile adapters removed, for improved maneuverability. I’ve added two LAU-7 missile launchers on each wing glove weapons station, with one inert training Sidewinder missile, and a TACTS pod on the port side. Here’s a link to my In-Progress build - http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=207998. Edited July 10, 2017 by JohnS Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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